Monday, January 30, 2012

There's This Boy Who Stole My Heart

     Today five years ago there was this boy who stole my heart. Not just any boy but a little gift from God. He calls me mom. God not only gave me such a blessing of a little boy but he also help healed a broken heart. When I saw this picture today it was perfect to share my sweet son with you. Today he turned 5 years old and my oh my I can't believe he is five.


He is a loving little boy with a big heart and loves FAMILY! I love watching him grow and learning his personality. His love language is touch and gifts. He loves koala hugs, big tight squeezes with his legs wrapped around and arms snug. Even at 50 pounds he still wants his koala hugs. He loves to receive gifts but also give. He also loves to eat out not just for the food but for the experience. He gets that from me.

He has a big heart and a big love for Jesus. I love that! He is excited to learn and read. He loves school and is excited for kindergarten this fall. Although I am not.

He is funny, emotional, outgoing, shy, and so much more. But most of all he is a child of God and I am honored to be his mother.

                       Thank You God for your son Jesus and thank you for this precious little gift.

                        Happy 5th Birthday to my Little Man. I love you to the moon and back!


Love,
Angie

  "Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him."  Psalm 127:3

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Perfection

                              I am so thankful that God doesn't require Perfection from me.

Let me tell you a secret....I am not perfect. I know, who would have guessed. I love to be a little sarcastic but in all honesty as much I would like to be my best each day I am far from it. I recently read a post from another blog about doing better tomorrow. I can totally relate. Here's just a few of mine.

                                                   Tomorrow I will.....

be more patient.

try to finish my to do list...{but first I have to find it}

make eye contact with my children when they are talking to me more often.

not go a little crazy on my husband....even when I feel I have the right....love you babe....

and this list can go on.

I am human. I am a sinner.

                                        Take a deep breath...{sigh of relief}

                               I am a child of God. A Loving and Perfect God.

Does this excuse my sinful nature? Absolutely not. Does he forgive me? Absolutely! I am so thankful I have a God who pours an overflow of mercy and grace on me.

God's will is not for me to be perfect but to seek those who are lost so they might be saved. He has blessed me with two little sinners and called me to teach them God's perfect love through him.

                                                I don't need to be perfect.

                          God is and he knows the plans he has for me. {and you}

"But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." 
Matthew 6:33





{love}
Angie

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Let your Light Shine

I am super GIDDY to share today about The Shine Project! Ashley, the creator, dreamer, and inspiration behind The Shine Project is amazing and she is bringing her Shine Project to Dallas to help the homeless.


This is what The Shine Project is all about:
Going out of your comfort zone
to bring light to those who need hope.
The Shine Project emulates love, sacrifice, and CHANGE.

I would love to have your help in this special project. We will be making blankets for the homeless in Dallas and we need your help! Help with donations of fleece for the blankets and of course coming  to the event on Saturday, February 25th, from 10am-2pm at Little Artsy.


       Here is what we need. Fleece material size 46-52" in width and 2 yards in length. Any color is great. If you can please contact me at angbrown@sbcglobal.net and let me know how much fleece you can donate. If you are not able to be at the event PLEASE still help and I will arrange to get the fleece from you. WE can all do this! Take advantage of those Hobby Lobby and Joann's coupons and get more!

 Let's be COURAGEOUS and give for a day!

Here's the challenge we need to collect as much fleece as possible by Sunday, January 29th, so I can contact Ashleigh at The Shine Project. We can definitely take donations through February but need a good count by the end of this month.

Please share with your friends, family, and anyone you meet on the street! Can't wait to hear from you! To learn more about The Shine Project please visit Ashley's blog below:

http://www.myshineproject.com/search?updated-max=2012-01-04T15:26:00-07:00&max-results=7

                                 "For God loves a Cheerful Giver" 2 Corinthians 9:7

Let your Light SHINE and give for a day!

Much Love,
Angie

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Courageous

                                 I do not think of myself as a courageous person.

I think many of my friends around me, family, strangers, and even my husband are courageous. But me? No way! At least that is what I tell my self and Satan too. He is great at that you know. He knows my weaknesses, hopes, and hearts desire, just like my God does, but he has a different plan for me than God. Not a perfect and pleasing plan. His plan is to not be courageous. I think it's because he knows how powerful we can be when we are courageous people! Courageous in God that is.

      I am not referring to courageous moments when you decided to ride that insanely crazy roller coaster. Not the courage to eat an oyster and then your left thinking oh no what do I do?!! I am not courageous where is a napkin! What was I thinking?! I will gracefully and quickly, well to say the least spit it in a napkin. Oh I will never forget that wanna be courageous moment! Thank goodness the friends/family I was with loved me, no matter what! 

      I am talking about the kind of courage it takes to love even if that person doesn't love you back. To give without expectations of recognition or even a gift in return. To say hello to a stranger with a caring heart. To love Jesus boldly and tell him I am forever yours! This is courage my friend! I am very thankful for the people who put their own lives at risk to save others, so very thankful. Courageous Indeed! 

"Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord are finished." 1 Chronicles 28:20                                

                         So why are we not courageous people at moments? Satan? Ourselves? Critics?             

                                             “Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide on,
 there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. 
There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe that your critics are right. 
To map out a course of action and follow it to an end
 requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. 
Peace has its victories, 
but it takes brave men and women to win them.” -Emmerson



Critics are all around us. Some are strangers, some are family members, and some even ourselves. What is the saying? You are your own worst critic. Whatever the motives of a critic, they can do it better, do not understand you, maybe a negative person. Your lack of confidence. Your scared to fail. Whatever the reason or whoever the critic.
You have a choice.....
To listen and quit
or
Be COURAGEOUS and soar your wings!
Rise above the low standards of normality and be courageous in God's word. Your critic will not rise with you and cheer you on every step of the way. But I do know that God will encourage me and be there every single step.
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6
Today rise up and be COURAGEOUS in everything you do.

 Love to you all~
Angie

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Choices

I absolutely do not like choices....

Especially like choosing my meal from a restaurant menu. I had to do that last night. My husband had a much overdue date night, I can't remember the last one we had. Oh my! No children, although I love mine dearly like the rest of you, but just the two of us and I get to eat a dinner that is not cold. Here's the kicker I love food so it is hard for me to choose when I want it all. Then I had to decide what was I going to wear. Well this is another story in itself.

When I woke up yesterday I chose to embrace another day of my little man getting over a lingering sickness all weekend. However, it didn't take me long to remember we had a date night.After being in the house since Thursday I didn't have to choose to be excited!

Isn't life like that? Some things are so exciting in life like a vacation, a day filled with laughter, dancing to your favorite music hoping no one sees you, a date night, either way there isn't a choice here. But then there are times you have to choose to be happy, excited, lovable, caring, obedient. Those times can be hard. I must admit sometimes it has been hard to choose these ways. But then I am flooded with God's GRACE that he chose me and you! He chose to create me, he chose me for a purpose, he chose me to love him back.

Because of God's love for me I do not have to question my choice to Love God. It is not a choice. I love God. I do choose to obey, deepen my relationship with God, and share my faith though. He desires your love as much as we desire to be loved. So let's choose to put God first in each and every choice.

We make choices everyday. Today let's choose to obey God, love like crazy, and get all GIDDY about life!




XOXO~
Angie




Sunday, January 15, 2012

Brand New Day

Every day is a brand new day! I absolutely love brand new days. Waking up to new morning especially like today with such SUNSHINE! I am a sunny kind of girl! Which explains my obsession for flip flops, the beach, and the color yellow. Yellow is my favorite color by the way. I love a brand new day like today to spend with my children even when one is not feeling well. I love a brand new day of hopes, dreams, and inspirations. But most of all I love a brand new day because God has given me a brand new start with lots of Grace and Encouragement for his perfect plans.  Did you catch that? HIS perfect plans not mine. Only God is perfect and he has already planned my day for me. I just have to choose to obey! Sounds easy and it can be but it hasn't always been that way for me. I desire God's plans and have the right intentions but here's where I truly struggle. When God asks me to do something I feel is going great but he has his perfect plans and needs me to change mine. How can he ask me to do something without knowing the details, planning the activities, having control? Here is what he has taught a stubborn sunny kind of girl, LET GO, TRUST,and have FAITH!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,"plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

As you can see, this is my very first post on Gracefully Giddy and I will share, this was not my plan. It is part of God's plan for me that I am embracing. So I hope you choose to give me some grace and follow me on this journey as I choose to LET GO, TRUST, and have FAITH!

Enjoy your brand new day and choose part of God's plan in your life today. I would love to hear about it!

Much Love,
Angie